$20 Billion in UK healthcare IT spending for Google or Microsoft? In the UK, Conservative Party leader David Cameron has made it clear that he wants to scrap the Labour Party government’s “centrally determined and unresponsive” plan for a $20 billion national health data network, in favor of Google Health or Microsoft HealthVault, according to the Daily Mail. While Google is the “front runner” and David Cameron’s top adviser is married to Google’s VP of Public Sector Relations in Britain, Rachel Whetstone, Microsoft has made significant headway in the US. Microsoft recently launched a pilot electronic health record (EHR) program with Kaiser Permanente, the largest managed care organization in the US, and recently partnered with iGuard, a nonprofit online initiative to track prescription drug interactions. With $800 million of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ health IT budget allocated for new programs, competition for the growing US public-sector health IT marketplace is going to be fierce. Click here to read more.
Independence Day Cyber Attack: Who’s Responsible?
“Smart Power” Players Win Big Infrastructure Contracts
Last week, Tony Zinni told the Wall Street Journal that BAE was seeking “Smart Power” contracts, favoring infrastructure over expensive weapons systems likely to be culled from the DoD’s budget. This week, we saw several big infrastructure awards:
- DynCorp won a $375 Million FEMA contract to supply temporary housing to victims of natural disasters.
- ACS won a $200 Million contract with the Lima, Peru government to implement a contactless ticketing system for national bus lines.
- Verizon Federal won a $245 Million HHS contract to provide voice, data, and video conferencing support.